On April 11th, 1980 in La Joya Peru an object was detected on radar that did not belong in Peruvian military airspace. Oscar Santa Maria Huertas, a commander in the Peruvian Air Force, was scrambled to intercept the object and destroy it in his Sukhoi SU-22 Russian made fighter. As the commander approached the target he described the object as being completely spherical with its upper section being a cream-colored porcelain and a metallic-grey base; that it looked like an ashtray.
He went on to state that “the object flew at great speed and was 10 meters in diameter, making it a very easy target to bring down.” The threat the object presented was due to it flying over the La Joya military base in Arequipa and it was feared that it was gathering intelligence for a foreign government. La Joya was home to some of the most advanced military technology of the time, much of which belonged to the then Soviet Union.
As the commander began to open fire on the object with his 30mm canon, a devastating weapon at the time capable of damaging anything man-made in the skies at the time. After firing 64 of the 140 rounds available the commander realizes that he is not doing any damage at all to the object and that it “has acquired an intelligence that has allowed it to move freely and escape.”
The commander stated that the 64 rounds he fired impacted the object, however it appeared that the object simply absorbed the shells. They did not penetrate the object, nor did they do any damage. He also stated that the shells did not seem to bounce or ricochet, they were simply absorbed by the object.
Throughout the engagement, the commander recalls that the object seemed to know and anticipate his movement and even counter them as they were being made. After the engagement the commander stated “it was an odd sensation. When I reached an altitude to get it in my sights and fire, the object disrupted the operation and settled at the same altitude and right beside my plane.”
He went on to describe the object in more detail after the encounter stating that he “did not notice that it was spinning. It did not have any windows or rivets either. What started him the most was that it had no means of propulsion like any other aircraft.”
During the encounter radar lost track of the object, however ground personnel tracked it and the SU-22 visually. Nearly thirteen hundred people were on hand, all of them viewing the incident in complete detail. The engagement only ended because Oscar was forced to return to base due to low fuel reserves and a lack of ammunition capable of damaging the object.
Skeptics of this story state that they do not believe Oscar. They believe that he was put under extreme stress due to the encounter and that his rounds in fact missed the object. They also state that it could have been a weather balloon or blimp like object and that his rounds may have impacted the object, but simply passed through without causing enough damage to bring it down. They state that the holes produced could be enough to cause erratic behavior but would not be enough to complete destroy the balloon.
I do not believe this was a weather balloon or other man-made object and I 100% believe Oscar Santa Maria Huertas’ and the thirteen-hundred others who saw the incident unfold. I also rely on the fact that a weather balloon would not disappear from radar during an encounter, it would not be possible to do so. We know that the radar was not malfunctioning because it was able to track the SU-22 fighter throughout the entire engagement.
Whatever was in the skies on April 11th 1980 was not of this world and was certainly more advanced than the technology of the time. Even considering what we see is fifty years behind what is actually available, does not explain this advanced object. If it did, we would be seeing objects like this becoming more frequent as we are nearly 40 years past this event.